Miyagi applies for OK of special fishery zone


Miyagi Prefecture has filed an application with the central government’s Reconstruction Agency to establish a special zone to revive the local fishing industry, hit badly by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

In the special zone, covering part of the Momonoura district in the Pacific coastal city of Ishinomaki, fishing rights allocated preferentially to the local fisheries cooperative could be granted instead to private businesses to attract capital and knowhow from the private sector.

The prefecture aims to set up the special zone in September, when licenses to grant fishing rights are renewed.

The Miyagi government plans to grant a license for fishing rights to a local limited liability company set up by 15 oyster farmers under eased regulations in the fisheries law, based on the special reconstruction zone law. It aims to build a business involved in all stages of production, processing and sales.

The company aims to expand the annual value of local oyster production to ¥300 million, up by 50 percent from the level before the March 2011 catastrophe.

On Thursday, the prefecture held a meeting with parties including the local fisheries cooperative and the company. Although the cooperative strongly opposed the planned special zone, the prefectural government went ahead with the application after concluding that the plan meets the requirements for a special zone, including safeguarding the jobs of local fishermen.

Miyagi Gov. Yoshihiro Murai proposed the special fishery zone to a central government meeting on reconstruction in May 2011.

Suzuki seawall donation

HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Pref.

Suzuki Motor Corp. said Wednesday it will donate ¥500 million to the city of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, to help build a seawall to protect against tsunami that could strike in the event of a long-expected offshore earthquake in the Pacific.

The automaker, which has a head office in the city, said it will donate the amount over five years to help construct the barrier against tsunami.